- The FINAL CONFERENCE PROGRAMME (with event timings) can be seen... HERE
- Please take time to complete the pre-conference questionnaire...HERE
Saturday 18 March
Introduction to meeting
Purpose, aims, outputs and setting the scene
Mark O'Connell, conference organiser
Shirnivas Patil Anil Dave, Indian Minister of the
Honorable Governor of Sikkim Environment, Forest &Climate Change
Video message) (Video message)
WORKSHOP 1: Developing and maintaining taxonomic skills in Asia
Professor Hemant Ghate, keynote speech
Varad Giri, National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS)
'Taxonomy of geckos and caecilians'
K.A. Subramanian, Zoological Survey of India
Muhammad Janra, Andalas University, West Sumatra, Indonesia
'A potential Stepping Stone for Equalization of Taxonomy
- Breakout sub-groups
- Plenary discussions
- Workshop summary and recommendations
After the workshop (16:00 to 18:00)...
Hands on training for developing taxonomic identification skills
Participants will break into groups and attend a session of interest. They will receive practical demonstration from taxonomy experts with museum specimens:
- Geckoes, Caecilians & Snakes Dr. Varad Giri
- Scorpions Dr. D.B Bastawde
- Anurans Dr. Anand Padhye
- Crabs Dr. Sameer Pati
- Angiosperms Dr. Aparna Watve
Evening meal for delegates
Sunday 19 March
WORKSHOP 2: Conservation science - building capacity to really use our species and habitat data for conservation action
Setting the scene: generic issues, barriers, problems and finding solutions.
Mark O’Connell (Director, ERT Conservation)
Research to underpin conservation action: real-world experiences of the Applied Environmental Research Foundation (AERF), India.
Archana Godbole (Director, AERF)
Research to underpin conservation action: the ecology of Elephants.
Sukumar Raman (Professor, Indian Institute of Science).
The Conservation use of Faunal Diversity Surveys in Gujarat.
Jagruti Rathod (Gujarat Ecology Society).
Professionalising International Conservation to support evidence use.
Janice Law (Zoological Society of London).
Developing capacity in the use of molecular techniques for the conservation of threatened small mammals.
Archana Bahuguna, Zoological Survey of India.
Building Capacity for Spatial Conservation Planning: Data to Support Regional Priorities.
Rohan Bhagat, BNHS.
Building capacity to tackle trade in endangered wildlife species online: how Facebook makes poachers’ lives easier.
Abdullah Langgeng , LFP Indonesia.
Science capacity workshop
- Problems with changing conservation science into conservation action.
- What conservation science do we need to develop?
- Methods for building required conservation science capacity.
- Current initiatives addressing research capacity building.
- Future needs/solutions for capacity building to allow conservation
organisations to use their/others data to underpin conservation action.
- Summary and concluding remarks.
LUNCHTIME SIDE EVENT 1
Zoos and Zoos Associations: cooperating to build capacity for ex situ Conservation
Brij Kishor Gupta, Central Zoo Authority
EVENING SIDE EVENT 1
The Conservation Leadership Programme
Laura Owens, Fauna & Flora International
EVENING SIDE EVENT 2
Developing capacity in participatory approaches to the conservation and restoration of species and habitats using Biodiversity Management Committees (BMCs)
Pankaj N. Joshi, Sahjeevan
Monday 20 March
WORKSHOP 3: Learning from leaders - lessons in achieving organisational goals from Asian conservation leaders
1 2 3 4
1. Bibhuti Lahkar, Aaranyak
2. Wong Siew Te, Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre
3. Sejal Worah, WWF
4. Farid Uddin Ahmed, Arannayk Foundation
WORKSHOP 4: Is it working - how can we evaluate our capacity building efforts?
Chaired by Jamie Copsey (Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust) and Kay Farmer (University of Stirling)
With limited resources for building capacity to meet their conservation aims, organisations need to use capacity building methods where there is evidence of their efficacy and impact, and measure the resultant change in capacity. This workshop will explore the range of approaches and indicators currently used to measure the impact of capacity building initiatives from individual through to organisational change. Three key questions will be tackled:
- INDICATORS OF CHANGE: what do we (and should we) measure and how?
- ORGANISATIONAL READINESS: how do we know when the organisation is ready for change and how can we facilitate readiness?
- GETTING EXPECTATIONS RIGHT: what are donors looking for and how do we work together to develop a set of guidelines to inform future investments in capacity building for conservation?
EVENING SIDE EVENT 3
Capacity building for Crocodile conservation
RJ Rao, Jiwaji University
EVENING SIDE EVENT 4
Structural and floristic studies of a Critically Endangered Ecosystem
Keshava Chandra K, Alva’s College Moodbidri
Wednesday 22 March
Post-conference Wildlife Site Visit
We have arranged a visit to the stunning and wildlife rich Tamhini Ghat, a mountain passage located between Mulshi and Tamhini in Maharashtra. The cost of the trip will be RS 1000 (Indian Rupee) per person.
PLEASE NOTE: this cost is extra and is not included in the conference registration fee.
You can pay for the site visit HERE.